PRECIOUS-Gold falls 1 pct on equities gains; physical bids slow
* Gold snaps three days of gains to drift lower
* Global equities rise, S&P and Dow hit record highs
* Chinese premiums ease; Indian demand stays soft
(Adds analyst comment, second byline, dateline, updates market activity) NEW YORK/LONDON, Nov 18 (Reuters) - Gold fell on Monday as a rebound in equities dented bullion's safe-haven appeal, and lackluster physical buying prompted traders to cash in three days' gains. Gains from the stock market diverted investment interest from gold, as the Dow and S&P 500 extended their record highs, rising above 16,000 and 1,800 respectively. Equities also climbed on signs of ambitious economic reform in China and the prospect of extended stimulus from the U.S. Federal Reserve.
Also weighing down on investor sentiment was last week's decline in the holdings of SPDR Gold Shares, the world's largest gold-backed exchange-traded fund. "Until such time as financial investors - be they short- or longer-term-oriented - return to the market, gold and silver will find it hard to make any significant gains," said Eugen Weinberg, head of commodities research at Commerzbank. Spot gold was down 1.2 percent to $1,273.96 an ounce percent in the last three days. U.S. gold futures for December delivery were down $13.90 an ounce to $1,273.50, with trading volume on track to finish below its 250-day average, preliminary Reuters data showed.
GOLD-BUYING WILTS Gold dominated a stampede out of commodities in the week to Nov. 12 as hedge funds and other speculative investors sold off more than $4 billion in U.S. futures and options contracts, data showed on Friday. Gold demand from major consumers in Asia remained muted on Monday. Chinese premiums have fallen to about $5.50 an ounce from about $7.50 on Friday. Prices are also suffering from a dearth of demand from India, which is set to be overtaken by China as the world's No. 1 gold buyer this year after Indian authorities increased export duties for the metal. Among other precious metals, silver was down 1.9 percent at $20.36 an ounce, while platinum slipped 1.9 percent to $1,409.74 an ounce and palladium fell 2 percent to $715.97 an ounce. Prices at 12:12 p.m. EST (1712 GMT)
LAST NET PCT YTD CHG CHG CHG US gold 1273.50 -13.90 -1.1% -24.0% US silver 20.355 -0.004 -1.8% -32.7% US platinum 1413.70 -25.20 -1.8% -8.1% US palladium 718.80 -14.20 -1.9% 2.2% Gold 1273.96 -15.70 -1.2% -23.9% Silver 20.36 -0.40 -1.9% -32.8% Platinum 1409.74 -27.75 -1.9% -8.3% Palladium 715.97 -14.33 -2.0% 2.0% Gold Fix 1283.50 0.00 0.0% -22.9% Silver Fix 20.64 0.50 0.0% -31.1% Platinum Fix 1430.00 5.00 0.3% -6.1% Palladium Fix 727.00 1.00 0.1% 4.0%
(Additional reporting by A. Ananthalakshmi in Singapore; Editing by Anthony Barker and Marguerita Choy)